Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Drawbacks of the NFL OT Proposal

By David Roher According to an AP story written last night, the NFL is considering a change to its overtime system, although only for playoff games. A change from the sudden-death format is overdue. Brian Burke has found that in … Continue reading

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Getting Down to Business: Part 1

By Jake Fisher As the title suggests, this multi-part series of posts will take a step off the field and into the front office. The goal of the series is to examine some of the intricacies of the sports industry. … Continue reading

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HSAC To Appear in Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports

A paper written by HSAC has been accepted into the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports! This will be the second paper HSAC has published in JQAS. HSAC’s first appearance in the journal came in 2007, when the club looked … Continue reading

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Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez visits HSAC

Last night, Indianapolis Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez joined HSAC at its weekly meeting. Gonzalez is spending the week at Harvard Business School for a business education program for NFL players. Speaking to a packed room, Anthony answered a variety of … Continue reading

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The Comfort Zone, Part 1

By David Roher Pitchers and catchers! I don’t need much of an excuse to start talking about baseball, but I probably need one to assume that people might listen. So I’m taking the opportunity presented on Wednesday by baseball’s first … Continue reading

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Ivy League Efficiency Margins, Week 2

By John Ezekowitz Last week, I took a look at the Efficiency Margins for Ivy League conference play so far this season. Since then, a momentous upset by the previously-lowly Penn Quakers over Cornell upset the Ivy order. After Princeton … Continue reading

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Jordan Eludes Defenders, and Three-Game Losing Streaks

By Ben Blatt See the updated math below the original post. There’s no shortage of ways to describe Michael Jordan’s greatness. But here’s a particularly astonishing one: MJ was never part of a three-game losing streak from November 1990 until … Continue reading

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NCAA Tourney Upsets Continued: Do Close Games Have a Higher Tempo?

By John Ezekowitz and Andrew Cohen Last week, we analyzed the effect of tempo on NCAA Tournament upsets and found that contrary to Dean Oliver’s theory, a faster tempo (more possessions) was predictive of underdog success. We searched for potential … Continue reading

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Short Man Syndrome: The Advantage of Being Short in the NBA Dunk Contest

By Neil Curran Spud Webb over Dominique Wilkins. Jordan from the free throw line. Dwight Howard as Superman. The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is a place where legends are both made and made greater. It’s the appeal of the act … Continue reading

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The Loser’s Curse? Don’t Count On It

Is there evidence that losing the Super Bowl can be devastating for a franchise? Continue reading

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